No sports tournament is ever without controversy, and March Madness is no different. The final seconds of the Elite Eight game between San Diego State and Creighton will be discussed non-stop for weeks to come. In the meantime, the NBA has work to do as it starts to get ready for the end of its season.
Pistons Welcome The Bucks
The Detroit Pistons lost 118-97 to the Toronto Raptors, adding to their consecutive losses in the Eastern Conference. These days, they’re running 16-58, becoming the last team in the conference. The Pistons are already looking at how to make changes next season.
The Milwaukee Bucks, despite the efforts of Giannis Antetokounmpo, lost 129-106 to the Denver Nuggets in their most recent game. Thanks to this, they broke a streak of three consecutive wins, now sitting at 53-21. However, they’re still on top of the Eastern, just ahead of the Boston Celtics and they’re three consecutive wins.
The Bucks are where they are because of a dynamic and vertical squad under the command of head coach Mike Budenholzer. For this reason, they’re expected to take risks from the initial jump tonight and convert between 110 and 120 points on average. This is shaping up to be an uneven duel and favorable to the visitors due to their overwhelming strength.
Kings Take On The Wolves At Home
The Sacramento Kings have their fourth home game in a row tonight, this time against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Western Conference showdown. The Kings come into the game after beating the Phoenix Suns 135-127 and the Utah Jazz 121-113, but they must continue on that path to secure a direct ticket to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Kevin Huerter and Keegan Murray will be the leaders of the team in this crucial match.
On their side, the Wolves are in the play-in playoff zone, although with one more victory, they could automatically go to the quarterfinals. The 99-96 win over the Golden State Warriors was key to keeping the team with options to fight for the title. Naz Reid established himself as the figure, adding 23 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns is rebounding nicely from his injury. He’s been finding the basket, putting up 14 points in his most recent appearance.
Undoubtedly, this game is leading toward the Kings, who are nothing away from securing a ticket to the playoffs. The Wolves may have the same objective, but they start a few positions further back in the standings and will have difficulty catching up.
Nuggets Face the Sixers
The Denver Nuggets will be local for the second consecutive date, this time against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Nuggets are the absolute leaders of the Western Conference and, as a result of their three recent victories, they have secured their place in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Against the Bucks, 31 points from Nikola Jokic put up 31 points and Jamal Murray added 26. With performances like that, it’s easy to see why the Nuggets are ahead.
For their part, the Sixers have fallen into irregularity and linked two setbacks: 120-112 against the Warriors and 125-105 against the Phoenix Suns. Because of this, the team has lowered its average, although it already has a safe passage to the quarterfinals of the Eastern Conference. Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid’s mission is to return to their former selves and continue working for a shot at the title.
The Nuggets will try to clinch the top spot in the Western Conference heading into the playoffs, and in the company of Jokic and crew, they are favorites to win. On their side, the Sixers will also fight for the title and must win tonight to stay alive. However, Denver is in a stronger position and is ready to extend their winning streak to four.